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Donald Sterling

Owner of The Los Angeles Clippers

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He's still owner, we're still suffering

  • Dec 24, 2010

I don't even know where to begin. On one hand, I'm thankful for Donald Sterling, he was the one who brought the team to Los Angeles. On the other hand, I despise him because he's the reason why the Clippers have been so terrible for the majority of their existence.

There really aren't many positives that go along with Sterling but I guess we can start with that:


He finally opened up his wallet and had the Clippers Training Facility built out in Playa Vista. Totally state of the art and they can finally have their own place where the players can practice whenever they want!

But before that, he started opening his wallet and finally started paying money for free agents!

I guess we'll get into the whole Baron Davis thing in a bit but it's still a positive that he was willing to spend money on players. This is the same guy who had a payroll of only 9 million dollars when the salary cap was 30 million.

1. His racist comments and refusal to rent out to Blacks and Latinos:

"All the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean. And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day."
Wow! Are you serious?!

2. He's cheaper than cheap. He doesn't have any clue of what a guaranteed contract is:

Q: Sir, do you have any idea what a guaranteed contract is?
A: No.
Q: None?
A. No... I really don't understand what the- what "guaranteed contracts" mean. I, I'm really not sure exactly what that means with relations to players".

So with that logic in his brain, he tries to get away with cutting coaches and not paying them and in the case of former Clipper coach Bob Weiss...

Q: How about Bob Weiss? Have you ever known him to lie?
A: I don't know who he is.

WOW. He doesn't know his coaches or his players and he has the audacity to go into the locker room and go on a tirade, screaming at the players. Interesting.

3. The comments never stop!

Even way back during the Danny Manning era of the Clippers, he had the nerve to say, "I'm offering a lot of money for a poor black kid."

But recently, he's topped himself by heckling his own players during games, mainly Baron Davis.

"Why are you in the game?"

"You're out of shape!"

Even though he sits courtside at every game, he still seems to have no idea how basketball is played. Speaking of which, I had the displeasure of sitting behind him during a Clippers' summer game in July of 2010

Is there hope?

It's tough to say. He probably doesn't want to give out any more big contracts thanks to the whole Baron Davis signing but he's got one of the most exciting players in Blake Griffin and a young team with unlimited potential. Also, the Clippers generate a lot of money, thanks to a loyal fanbase and a good marketing scheme (come to games! See the Clippers play all the best teams!), and the team doesn't have to pay all that much to share Staples Center.

So, there's no chance that he's selling the team even though he was once offered, ONE BILLION DOLLARS. That's right, no typos there.

So even though he's an evil man, he still owns the team that I love and root for. I'll live with it and hope for a championship one day aka apocalypse (sure it would cause the universe to collapse).

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November 16, 2011
Wow. I'm not THAT familiar with the history of most NBA teams, which is going to make my ongoing teams series tricky with them. But as the Clippers began their life in my hometown as the Buffalo Braves, I've always felt a sort of guilt-induced obligation to cheer for them instead of the teams I do like. Knowing what you said here frees me of it, and if he's the guy who took the Braves to San Diego and turned them into the Clippers, I'm ashamed to have this idiot as part of my city's sports legacy.
December 24, 2010
An excellent analysis. Welcome to the community. While I don't disagree with anything you wrote, I thought his few pluses might earn him a -4. However, your opinion is your opinion. You mentioned you sat behind DTS at a summer game. What did you experience as a result?
December 27, 2010
Thanks! DTS was actually very quiet, just spoke to people in his entourage, took a picture with a fan and basically sat and watched the game very quietly. I didn't really have anything to say to him since he already fired Dunleavy and made the mistake of picking Vinny Del Negro instead of Dwane Casey. An interesting experience to say the least.
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Donald T. Sterling is an American real estate mogul, attorney, and the owner of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, and as of the 2008 rankings, the team is valued at $297 million by Forbes magazine ranking them twenty-fifth out of thirty teams.
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Birth Date: 1933
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Gender: Male

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